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Testimonials from Satisfied Customers

Why trust your most prized instrument to a stranger?

Check over the list. Chances are that you will find more than one friend or acquaintance who will reassure your fears.

The Slide Dr.’s reputation speaks for itself!


“Perfect!, Superb! You worked on my Bach 16M about a month ago. It had some metal memory problems, judging by the smoothness of the slide they have not reappeared. Among my trombone colleges I am known to be very fussy about slides. They seem to experience slides as acceptable that I find sticky and totally unacceptable. Of course I have been spoiled by your work on my other horns ( Connstellation, Yamaha 683G, Schmelzer model 2). The 16M is every bit as good as the others. And I mean as close to perfection as I can imagine a slide to be. the only way it could be better would be if I took the outer slide off the inner and moved it by itself through the air. The 16M is my favorite horn now, because of tone & response characteristics, but would not be if the slide were any less than it is. I will probably now be selling some of my other horns as I cannot imagine playing them when I have this baby to play. Thanks again for your truly superb work!” — Bob Smith, Okemos, Michigan


“John is a true craftsman! I have sent him the slide to every horn I have owned. I have sent him new and used slides, and in every case they came back better than new. I really can’t say enough about John’s work. I just wish I had known about him years ago when I traded way perfectly good horns with imperfect slides.” — Chris Culver, faculty, Jacksonville State University


“I learned about the slide doctor about two years ago. I had dropped my King 2B slide on concrete, and feared permanent “school horn” condition. John nursed my slide back to better health than before I dropped it. More recently, I had an old bass in new condition except for the rough slide. John cleaned out the corrosion and straightened the bowed outer tubes, and now the whole horn is like new. Both times, John fixed and mailed back the slide within a day or two of receiving it. If you have a job in ten days and need your slide repaired now, the Slide Doctor will take care of you.” — Dave Burch, fanatical amateur, Cincinnati area


“I feel like “Dorsey”. The slide feels just like my one-year-old BACH 16M. It “was” the best slide I’d ever owned. Now, I have another slide that’s just as good, if not better. I can’t wait for a couple more cleanings, so it gets faster yet. I hope you can do the same for the Martin, it has the most wonderful bright sound, and it seems very “trill” friendly. I feel like I can play anything when the slide is fast. Thank you for restoring this horn for me.” — Bruce Smith


“You restore life! If I could play trombone as well as you fix slides, I’d be able to quit my day job. Thanks for the illustrated explanations about my slide’s ills. You were correct about the huge dent from a bell smash. It’s been a pleasure doing business with you. I really appreciate your fast service and your email updates.” — Bruce Holt, Minneapolis, MN


“John Upchurch is a true double threat . . . a talented repairman and a gentleman of the first order! His knowledge of trombone slides and what makes them work is second to none. His warm, personal approach to each player is a blessing to performers, teachers, and students of the trombone. Whether you ship your slide or make the trip to North Georgia, John will have your slide flying in no time! Bravo John! Keep up the great work!!”– Bill Zehfuss, Principal Trombone, Charleston Symphony, Trombone Faculty, Brevard Music Center


‘I bought an Ambassador used to use as a second horn at work. It turned out the slide was in awful condition. The seller offered to pay to have it repaired, so I took it to the local music shop. It worked somewhat better, but I despaired of using it. Then through trombone-l I learned about the Slide Doctor. Though I feared throwing good money after bad on a hopeless slide, I sent it in. I now have an Ambassador with as fast a slide as my King 3B. I think he should change his moniker to ‘Slide Miracle Worker.'”– Stephen M. Jones, Manager, Library Computing Services, University of Maryland Baltimore County


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